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Christmas Trees....

Or maybe I should call them Holiday Trees?  I think Cincinnati, the nearest big city to me, actually calls the big, decorated tree downtown a "Holiday Tree."  For Pete's Sake, folks, it's a Christmas tree.  Big deal....Most Amish I have met do not put up Christmas decorations, like trees, boughs of holly, ornaments, or anything.  The closest I have seen to Christmas decorations in an Amish home are "Christmas cards" that they might receive in the mail from friends. Those might be taped to a wall or put on a mantel for the duration of the holidays.  But that is about all you will see  The season also is observed through special baked goods, but those wouldn't really be considered a decoration per se...(they'd be eaten too quickly).  The Amish do observe the solemn season, but in their own way, usually without the chaotic carnival of commercialism that ours has become.  Some Amish do allow their children to partake in secular symbols like Santa Claus, other Amish parents absolutely do not...this seems to be largely an individual parental preference rather than there being any official church position.

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There was quite a hubub in Toronto about the big tree at city hall.  "People" complained that it was 'offensive' to others, i.e., Jewish people.  Well one of the head Jewish leaders in Toronto came out to the press and said that they were more offended to think that people would think they were offended by a Christmas tree!! 

This is just another example of how everyone has religious freedom -except Christians.

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Isn't all that Hub-ub ridiculous? If one is celebrating Christmas,whether religious or commercial,it is still CHRISTMAS!!! Since when did it become "holiday"? Anyone alive today knows where the day came from and what it means. To change the name for politically correct reasons is nothing other than absurd. I for one will continue to wish you a Merry Christmas, put up my Christmas decorations(tree and all!),send Christmas cards,make Christmas cookies,play Christmas music,and whatever else that I darn well please to celebrate CHRISTMAS!!!!

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The people who say Happy Holiday are mistaken in the orgins of that word too- "holy"day; I just snicker, and wish them a very Merry Christmas - this year more than ever I've not been inhibited in anyway to share Christmas with those whom I encounter- I celebrate Christmas, if they don't they can either brush off my wishes or check into the Bible and find out for themselves what Jesus is all about - I'm just tired of the non-tolerance to Christians.    

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Well, I'm one of "those" people who still say Merry Christmas, and always will.

I think with the current econonmy, we all have an opportunity to celebrate what is really important - our different religions, family, good health, freedom.  I could go on and on, but let's enjoy what we have in our lives.

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Well at least there are two of us left in this state!!!  I've thought that too, that the current economy seems to be driving people towards better relationships with those close to them. I also have noticed that there is a smaller quantity of Christmas related items available at the stores, and what they do have is already marked below the sugg. retail.     

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i live near cincinnati and several years ago there was a contraversy over what the tree should be called after it was put up in fountain square in downtown. it seems that the problem was between the jewish commumity and the christian community...the city finally agreed to call it a 'holiday tree' instead of christmas tree so as not to offend anyone